by Jim Amos


  DVD # 175   

   This three hour and twelve minute video includes footage from the 2014 FE Race and Reunion at Beaver Springs Dragway in Beaver Springs, Pa. 

The primary focus of this video was to capture a cross section of the activities associated with the Second Annual FE Race & Reunion. The event was expanded to two days in 2014 and our video begins with some of the activities taking place on Friday April 25, 2014. Rain had an affect on the test and tune session but we were able to check out the Brats and Beer party taking place under the Beaver Springs Pavilion.  Beaver Bob McCardle was showing off the 1963 ½ 406 Ford he had just purchased and we found out about it as he was telling the story to Reunion attendees. We also looked around the pit area and found several interesting vehicles including a 1965 Ford Ramp Truck owned by Steve McBlane. Steve uses the truck to transport his 1965 Dyno Don A/FX Mercury Comet.

FE Ford engine builder Blair Patrick was attending the Brats and Beer party and we had a chance to talk to him about his Tennessee based business. We also talked to Reunion co-promoters Jody Aberts and Doug Bender. These guys have done a great job in making the FE Race and Reunion one of the best Ford Shows in the country.  

Saturday was the big day of the event and we saw an all FE powered car/truck show and lots of FE drag racing. The car show had seventy-four entries and it was really tough to pick out a favorite so I decided to profile a group of vehicles that caught my eye. I did a couple of interviews with show car owners including Leu Childress, Greg Cook, Greg LaMay and Danny Burrow. 

Out on the track we followed a couple of rounds of Time Trials and I had a chance to interview several car owners who were part of the Drag Racing Action.  Randy Spohn told us about his FE powered 1958 Ford that turned out to be the #1 qualifier.  Ed Horensky talked to us about his legal B/SA Mustang that runs in the low 10's.  Jessie Holmes and Bill Ziel showed us their very unique Falcon Gasser called Coon-Tang.  Stan Shoppel told us the story of how his 1962 Ford was previously raced by drag race legend Bruce Larson.  Tom Ackerman talked about his beautiful clone thunderbolt. We also talked to Paul Adams about his record holding 1964 Ford Fairlane Tunderbolt.  Mike Jenkins talked about the 1967 Fairlane that he bought brand new when he was in high school.  David Garton showed us his totally original 1968 Cobra Jet Mustang that was originally shipped to Russ Davis Ford in Covina, Ca. David also told us about his 2012 Mustang Cobra Jet Mustang.  Ken Godsey told us about his trip from Colorado for the event and his Sox and Martin Tribute Mercury Comet. The ‘64 Comet was one of the most popular cars at the show. We also talked with Event Sponsor Barry Rabotnick of Survival Motorsports.  

After time trials they had the show car winners bring their cars out to the starting line where they were introduced to the crowd. We have included an interview with Best-In-Show winner Jim Marston where he tells us about his 1964 Ford Fairlane. After that the remaining show car owners were allowed to make a parade lap down the track. Beaver Bob also allowed show car owners to make a time pass down the track and each received a time slip to verify their run. 

The Pro FE class started off eliminations and we follow all four rounds of racing as the quickest 8 cars faced off against each other. The Hot FE category was next and once again we follow them from the first round to the final match-up. The Hot FE cars were those that were running 12.99 and quicker. The Cool FE class was for cars running 13.0 and slower and once again we follow them through their rounds of eliminations. They also had a second chance race where they raced for a special prize and we follow that one from start to finish. We have included relative narration during the racing action in which we inform you of each cars dial-in, drivers reaction time and the finish line results. The racing action is a major portion of this production and you will see and hear it all from start to finish. We even did interviews with winners and runners-up.

 At three hours and twelve minutes in length this is the longest event production we have ever done. There was just so much going on at the 2014 FE Race and Reunion that we had to show you as much as possible. Order your copy today. 
The attached YouTube video clip is a low resolution sequence from the 2014 FE Race & Reunion video.  Keep in mind the full 3 hr and 12 min video is in broadcast quality digital video.